Lover's Leap


Lover’s Leap, a headland 1.5km southeast of Southfield, is named for two young slaves who supposedly committed suicide here in 1747. Legend says the woman was lusted after by her owner, who arranged for her lover to be sold to another estate. When the couple heard of the plot, they fled and were eventually cornered at the cliffs, where they chose to plunge to their deaths. The viewpoint overlooks a stunning stretch of coastline.

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2. Old Wharf Beach

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3. Calabash Bay Beach

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4. Jack Sprat Beach

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At the western edge of Jake’s Hotel, brightly painted wooden fishing boats are pulled up on the sand, and there is invariably a fisher or two on hand…

5. Fishermen's Beach


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6. Natural History Museum

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7. Alligator Hole Wildlife Reserve

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8. Parottee Beach

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